A Cure for Laziness

From Thomas Case, Select Works, A Treatise on Afflictions (quoted in Voices From the Past)

In affliction God teaches us to redeem the time. When life is tranquil, how many golden hours we throw down the stream that we shall never see again. Who is there that knows how to value time at its true worth? Most men waste it as if they had more time than they could ever spend. We make short seasons even shorter.

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8 thoughts on “A Cure for Laziness

  1. Hmmm…not sure I buy that one. I have learned the secret of being lazy in all circumstances, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. And doesn’t Proverbs say that the sluggard won’t even lift his hand from the dish…that he’d rather suffer hunger than be bothered to make any effort? I’ve seen and experienced too much affliction that’s a result of laziness to be easily convinced that affliction’s a cure.

  2. It seems that we don’t realize what we have (or thought we had) until we no longer have it. I have a dear friend who has recently been cured of many illnesses and now has such a vibrant life and the drive to do things she didn’t think she’d ever be able to do again. It seems that affliction gave her a deep appreciation for time and people and all the things that really matter in life.

  3. Valerie,
    Being that you are already a fruitful woman, a hard affliction would only increase your fruitfulness. I imagine you would bake more cakes for your friends, and the decorations would be even more spectacular!

  4. Makes me want to “seize the day.” I often think that I am letting opportunities go by and tomorrow is affected by what I did or didn’t do today. Sometimes I can still “fix” the thing tomorrow, but how much sooner the fullness of that “fix” would’ve come if I’d jumped on it immediately instead of giving in to laziness!!!! ugh.

  5. This reminds me of when I’ve closed the door to a sleeping child…wishing I’d rocked a moment longer.

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